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Three words with different but yet related meanings
If you would be stuck to differentiate between sympathy, empathy, and compassion, this article is for you. Giving examples of how each could be shown, the author refers to the work of Brene Brown to explain the differences. She then delves into how to have, and show compassion for others, something that many of us miss with our busy lives and the technology that keeps us constantly distracted.
Here’s the difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion

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When roles are reversed
a prism of sunlight falls on an outstretched handIt should have been enough to help her daughter through a cancer diagnosis, but a few years after her daughter finished treatments, Dr. Diane Kashin was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In this blog, she writes about her experience with breast cancer, and how it feels to be the one receiving the assistance she once gave her daughter who is now six months pregnant.
When I look in the mirror, I see my daughter

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Barely a teen and dealing with untreatable cancer
Grace Wethor was only 13 when she was diagnosed with an untreatable form of brain cancer. At that age, she was already involved in art, figure skating and circus performing, and she certainly hasn’t let her diagnosis, and 8% chance of survival keep her from experiencing life.
In this Forbes article, Grace shares her passion for everything she does, her outlook on life, and her current cancer status.
Grace Wethor: How to Make a Difference With Brain Cancer

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Your diet may impact your cancer risk
Cancer is caused by numerous risk factors, many of which we can’t control. But approximately 20% of cancer in the United States may be linked to diet, inactivity, carrying excess weight, or excessive alcohol consumption.
Though it’s been hard for researchers to pinpoint specific foods to eat or avoid due to the variety in our diets, this list does give some guidelines to consider.
What to know about the link between diet and cancer

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What to say to someone in the midst of a cancer diagnosis
In support of World Cancer Support Month, we’d like to share this quick article on what to say to someone who is hurting, whether they are dealing with a new cancer diagnosis, difficult treatments, or caregiving responsibilities.

Though you may choose a slightly different version of the line suggested, “how can I love you best right now” shows compassion, understanding, and focuses on the person in the midst of a difficult situation (instead of on ourselves).
The only thing you need to say to someone who is hurting

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Yoga for those with cancer
Yoga is good for mind, body and spirit, and it can be tailored to help those dealing with cancer treatments or recovery from treatments.
Through movements and breathing, pain can be lessened, toxins can be released more effectively, and help to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the entire body.
Read more about the practice of yoga during or after cancer treatments in this article.

Why Mindful Yoga Should Be on your Radar

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A change to suggested activities for breast cancer survivors
For many years, after treatments for breast cancer, survivors were told not to do a large variety of tasks including lifting more than 5lbs, gardening, and getting a manicure because it was thought that these activities could lead to lymphoedema, a painful swelling of the arm and sometimes a thickening of the skin. But new research is showing that with some care, all previously restricted activities can be undertaken. Learn more in this article.

Breast Cancer Survivors Can Lift Weights, Get Manicures, and Garden Say Doctors

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Exercise is good for more than just the body
Michelle Stravitz, co-founder of an organization helping women with cancer incorporate exercise into their lives, gives some helpful advice on achieving mindfulness through movement in this article. Whether it be practicing yoga, walking around the block, taking a dance class or any other form of movement that you enjoy, there are so many benefits in using any form of exercise to help concentrate on the moment. 

"On My Mat"

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Music lovers unite
Music lovers unite. A music therapist and registered psychotherapist discusses the many positive benefits on people undergoing cancer treatments in this article.

For most people, music is a part of daily life in one way or another, by purposefully putting music in the forefront, it can be a strong method for coping with everything going on.

"The 411: How Music Therapy Can Be Part of Your Cancer Care"

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Advice for caregivers on self care
There is no easy way to say it – being a caregiver for someone with cancer is difficult. The American Cancer Society has some good advice for anyone in the position of caregiver covering everything from the feelings you might experience, ways to take care of yourself while still taking on the caregiving, how to get help from both family and professionals and caring for children at the same time.

"If you’re about to become a cancer caregiver"

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